Public art at The Duke rental apartments brightens up winter days

The Duke public art
Artist Khan Lee’s dramatic rain drop at The Duke rental apartments on Kingsway, as seen from an exterior walkway. Credit: Acton Ostry

A dramatic piece of public art by Khan Lee has been installed at a new rental apartment building called The Duke in Mount Pleasant.

The public art piece consists of an 6 foot wide, 4 foot deep and approximately 60 foot tall translucent sculpture suspended above the 11th Avenue main entrance way to the building. It is made from 150 layers of 1/4” thick translucent acrylic sheets.

Architects Acton Ostry captured the public art piece on a recent sunny Vancouver afternoon. It’s envisioned by the artist as a dramatic rain drop, but unlike a dreary, wet Vancouver day, the piece reflects bright, fuchsia-coloured light through the building’s atrium.

The Duke’s dramatic rain drop

The Duke Kingsway rental apartments
Photo of The Duke rental apartment building at Kingsway and East 11th in Mount Pleasant. Credit: Acton Ostry
The Duke public art
Artist Khan Lee’s dramatic rain drop at The Duke rental apartments on Kingsway. Credit: Acton Ostry
The Duke public art
Artist Khan Lee’s dramatic rain drop at The Duke rental apartments on Kingsway. Credit: Acton Ostry
Artist Khan Lee’s dramatic rain drop at The Duke rental apartments on Kingsway. Credit: Acton Ostry

The Duke is a new rental apartment building with 201 units and ground-floor retail space.

Its design is unique in Vancouver, with a soaring, open-air circulation court surrounded by rental apartments located around the perimeter.

A dramatic vertical slot opens the court to the south-facing sun, while a translucent fabric canopy shields it from the rain. The developer is Edgar Development.

For information on The Duke, visit: dukeliving.ca/register